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Author Pam Lather is pictured with Doc, the 1,600-pound Belgian Draft horse that is the subject of her new children’s book “Doc Moves to the Mountains.”

Ashe County resident Pam Lather didn’t set out to become an author, but when she met Doc, a 1,600-pound Belgian Draft horse at Southern Sun Farm Sanctuary in Glendale Springs, she knew she had to write a story.

Lather’s book, “Doc Moves to the Mountains,” is based on the true story of Doc’s journey from the Outer Banks to the mountains after suffering from severe heat stroke and finding his forever home. A retired court reporter, Lather got to know Doc after she and her husband moved to the area from Ohio and began volunteering at Southern Sun Farm Sanctuary.

According to Lather, the challenge to write a book that children could relate to about the plight of a real-life horse like Doc was daunting.

“[My husband] and I live close to Southern Sun Farm. so we saw Doc regularly,” she said. “It was easy to see the effect that this enormous horse had on people — especially children. My connection with him was immediate.”

The book is illustrated by artist Anna Welsh, who spent seven months creating the watercolor paintings of Doc and Southern Sun Farm.

All proceeds from the book go directly to Southern Sun Farm Sanctuary, a 501©(3) non-profit.

Southern Sun Farm Sanctuary is run by Ann and John Lisk. The farm rescues abandoned, abused, neglected and otherwise unwanted horses.

The farm is 100% volunteer-based so charitable donations support feed, nutritional supplements, winter hay, as well as veterinary and farrier care. Southern Sun Farm is known to take the horses least likely to find a home anywhere else.

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